It’s a crucial day for the nations youngsters as they open up the envelope for the biggest and most important exam results of their lives – GCSE results.

It seems as the celebrations will be big as Bradford District seems to have recorded some of the best GCSE results ever.

Belle Vue Girls’ Academy is a school like many who are celebrating today after opening up their GCSE envelopes to find they have achieved the strongest set of GCSE results ever to be awarded to the school.

Of the 176 girls receiving exam grades, 59 per cent achieved their combined English and Maths at grade 4 (equating to the old English grade A*- C) up from 53 per cent in 2017 and 35 per cent achieved the new 5+ measure in English and Maths (equating to a strong C / low B), up from 33 per cent in 2017.

The school was also delighted to celebrate that over 200 of the very highest grades (grades 7-9, equivalent to the old A-A*grade) were awarded to the girls, with particularly strong results in English, Maths, Science and RS, putting the girls amongst some of the highest achievers in the country.

Emily Baxter who achieved grade 9 in Science, French, Maths, Geography and an A* in Russian said “I’m really proud, especially of the grade 9s.  It’s just a relief!”  From September Emily plans to study Maths, further Maths, Physics and Computing.

Amina Sheeraz who achieved grade 9s in Science and Maths and grade 8s in English Language, English Literature and Geography said “Everyone had done brilliantly – I’m so pleased everyone’s hard work has paid off.”

Steve Mulligan, who will be Headteacher of Belle Vue Girls’ Academy from September said, “We are all delighted with the results this summer. The girls and the staff at school have worked so hard throughout the year and put in so much effort that it is a real pleasure to see how their work has paid off. Our results, particularly some of the achievements in English, are absolutely stunning. It is a particular credit to the work of Mrs Copeland, our Head who retired after 10 years earlier this summer, that the school has achieved the best set of results ever in 2018.”

Belle Vue Girls’ Academy is one of three secondary academies within Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT) celebrating improved results this summer.

Students at Immanuel College in Idle and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College also celebrated improved results this summer with Buttershaw also achieving its highest ever GCSE results at 53 per cent and 32 per cent for grade 4+ and 5+ respectively. Immanuel College saw grade 4+ results remain steady at 58 per cent while their grade 5+ achievements jumped a significant 7 per cent from 29 per cent to 36 per cent. As a Trust, BDAT anticipates overall achievement results will rise by at least 3 per cent at grade 4 and by at least 5 per cent at grade 5 this summer.

Well done to all the districts students on getting great GCSE results.